8 All-Original Shows We’d Love to See After
“Alyas Robin Hood”
By Kel Fabie
Recently, we were treated to the shocking news that, shortly after his character in Encantadia was written off, veteran GMA star Dingdong Dantes is now getting ready to play a new character in a new series: Alyas Robin Hood. Let’s take a gander at the poster.
We’ve never seen this before, no siree.
This looks mighty familiar, doesn’t it?
Of course not! Nothing alike!
Now, for the sake of argument, let’s assume that the poster was fan-made. Does that really change anything? Hardly. Pinoy Teleseryes have been stuck in a rut lately, and it shows when you either have to remake your last big hit, or rip something off entirely. Much like this.
Here’s the thing, though: if you’re gonna rip off something, who’s to say you can’t actually make something special out of it? Maybe the way to “level up” to Hollywood quality is to start by stealing Hollywood’s ideas, then making something of them, or are we going to just put up with yet another love triangle involving the rich girlfriend, the haciendero, and the kindly kasambahay? Who knows, right?
With this new trend coming up, it only stands to reason that we can most likely anticipate the next few “all-original” shows coming out in Philippine television in the near future. Really awesome and new stuff, such as…
8. Alyas Bilis
Starring: Alden Richards
Synopsis: Ako si Bartolome Andres, at ako ang pinakamabilis na taong nabubuhay. Noong bata pa lang ako, nasaksihan ko nang paslangin ang akin ina ng isang bagay na kagila-gilalas. Ang aking ama ay ikinulong dahil sa kanyang pagkamatay. Matapos nito, isang aksidente ang nagbago sa akin at ako mismo ang naging kagila-gilalas. Sa panlabas na mundo, ako ay isang pangkaraniwang SOCO, ngunit palihim, ginagamit ko ang aking bilis upang sugpuin ang krimen at hanapin ang ibang mga tulad ko. Balang araw, matatagpuan ko rin ang pumaslang sa aking ina, at makakamit ang katarungan para sa aking ama. Ako si Alyas Bilis.
Unique Selling Point: Imagine a fight scene at super speed happening in scenic Filipino tourist spots. Maybe a chase around the Rice Terraces, speeding all the way to Sagada, to Palawan, to Davao, to Cebu, then ending in Luneta? You’re welcome, DOT. Also, expect this to crossover quite a bit with Alyas Robin Hood, for obvious reasons.
7. Troyo, Pucho (Hands Up!)
Starring: Ryan Rems
Synopsis: Rap en roll to the world! Si Andrew M ay isang matalino at madiskarteng binata na may kakaibang talento sa hip hop sa panahon noong nag-uumpisa pa lamang ang uri ng musikang ito sa Tondo. Makakatagpo ni Andrew ang mga ibang higante ng Pinoy hip hop, tulad nina Francis E, Masta Threat, Death Plann, pati na rin ang Salbatuka at ang “Chris Brown ng Pilipinas,” si Spusta Plee. Maiaangat ba ni Andrew ang kanyang musika at kinagisnan sa masalimuot na mundo ng musika?
Unique Selling Point: I don’t know about you, but taking the story of the streets and the origins of Pinoy hip hop and making a pseudo period piece about it is something I would genuinely want to watch. The local scene is colorful and has tons upon tons of stories we probably wouldn’t believe if we heard.
6. Kapuso Mo, Jessica Jones
— Charles (@charIesdc) January 7, 2016
Starring: Jessica Soho
A hat tip to this guy on Twitter.
Synopsis: Ako po ang inyong Kapuso, Jessica Jones, isang simpleng mamamahayag sa telebisyon tuwing araw. Pagkagat ng dilim, inililigtas ko ang mga inaapi ng mga tuso at kawatan, upang ibalik ang katahimikan sa aking lungsod, dahil bawal ang catcalling dito sa Quezon City. Humanda kayo!
Unique Selling Point: Jessica Soho as a superhero. My cup runneth over. Just think of the possibilities, and the endless cameos the rest of GMA’s news and public affairs team could do! What if someone convinced Mike Enriquez to play the big bad villain of the series?!?
5. Bahay Baraha
Starring: Aga Muhlach, Lea Salonga
Synopsis: Si Kiko Babamkahoy ang Speaker of the House na ka-partido ng pangulo. Sa kanyang mga pakikipagtagisan ng galing at talino sa ibang mga politiko, maaari ba niyang makamit ang pinakaasam niya? Siya na ba ang susunod na pangulo ng Pilipinas?
Unique Selling Point: If you remember Aga and Lea when you hear the words “Sana Maulit Muli” and not Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson, then you know why I think these two would make an awesome pair as a husband and wife who are hellbent on occupying Malacañang Palace, whatever means it takes. It’s a challenge that I could only imagine both Aga and Lea would succeed at with flying colors, and give both of them the kind of credibility actors not named Jacklyn Jose or Joel Torre can only dream of.
Starring: Lourd De Veyra, Xiao Chua
Synopsis: Paano kung nabubuhay si Sherlock Holmes sa kasalukuyan, at sa Pilipinas? Ano ang mga krimen na kanyang lulutasin? Ano ang mga bagay na kanyang aalamin tungkol sa bawat taong madaanan niya? Magkakasundo ba sila ni Watson? O baka naman masakal ni Watson si Sherlock dahil medyo kups talaga si Sherlock?
Unique Selling Point: Come on, guys. Lourd De Veyra and well-known History professor Xiao Chua playing Sherlock and Watson? This is the stuff dreams are made of, and you are wallowing in it!
3. Ang Alamat ng Malaking Bang
Starring: Ryan Bang
Synopsis: Sa bahay ni Kuya, ipinasok ang kakaibang mga housemates—lahat sila, mahilig maglaro ng video games, mga siyentipiko, ubod ng talino, at hindi yata kayang mabuhay na wala ang internet. Paano sila makakatagal? At kakayanin ba ni Ryan na siya ang manalo sa kakaibang edition na ito ng Pinoy Big Brother?
Unique Selling Point: Instead of just a straight tagalized version, why not use one of the other licenses of ABS-CBN as a way for them to add a wrinkle to the formula? While poking fun at the format of PBB itself, coupled with generally snarky yet otherwise decidedly unsexy or uninteresting people headed by Ryan Bang, this may very well be the most unpredictable, and possibly least scripted PBB season ever! Ohhh, snap!
Starring: Goyong, Bimby Yap
Synopsis: Habang naglalaro, biglang natagpuan ng ilang mga bata si Onse, isang batang kayang makapagpagalaw ng mga bagay sa kanyang isip. Siya marahil ang magiging susi upang muling makita ang nawawalang bata na si Bimby. Ano ang kataka-takang mga misteryo na bumabalot sa lugar na ito?
Unique Selling Point: Bimby Yap shows up only for the first and last episode of the series. Hoorayyyyy!!!
1. CSI Manila
Starring: Gus Abelgas
Synopsis: Ayon sa aming mga Scene of the Crime Operatives, ang biktima at ang salarin, ay iisa.
Unique Selling Point: Instead of making a docudrama ala-SOCO, just make Gus Abelgas be channel 2’s response to Kapuso Mo, Jessica Jones, and have him solve crimes, throw silly one-liners, and do it all without ever changing his slow-paced, eerie-sounding voice. Eat your heart out, Horatio Caine!
Of course, the main tension in CSI Manila, is whether or not the CSI guys are actually involved in the latest crime of the week or not, because their DNA keeps contaminating the scene, weirdly enough.
What other all-original TV shows would you like to see? Let us know in the comments!